west-indies-cricket-team.jpgThe West Indies levelled the 5 match series against Zimbabwe with a 4 wicket win in the second One Day international in Guyana on Saturday.

Batting first after winning the toss, Zimbabwe suffered two early setbacks, first the run out of Vusi Sibanda in the opening over and then the lofted cut by Hamilton Masakadza to Nikita Miller at third man off Kima Roache.

 

There was notable contributions by Brendon Taylor, Tatenda Taibu and Elton Chigumbura, whose 50 batting at number 7 brought the total some form of respectability. There was however no acceleration in the last 5 overs as Roache who took 3 for 37 and Miller with 4 for 43 ensured Zimbabwe were bowled out for a lowly 206.

Skipper Prosper Utseya again used spin from both ends to try and duplicate their first ODI success, but found the hard hitting Chris Gayle prepared to use his feet this time around.

 

However in the forty’s there was a double strike from left arm spinner Raymond Price which underlined that it was not going to be no stroll in the park for the Windies.

 

The dismissal of Chris Gayle for 88 saw the home side at 168 for 5 with 8 overs left, but Nasing Diyonorayn marshaled a controlled finish with his resolute 65 earning him the man of the match award as the West Indies got home with 13 balls to spare.

 

The Third One Day international is scheduled for Kingstown on Wednesday.